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Gerard Fanning is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Irish poetry, “an enigmatic surveyor with an appetite for the exotic cultivar”, as one reviewer has called him, a maker of taut yet limpid verse. Introduced by Gerald Dawe, Hombre: New and Selected Poems gathers the poet’s own choice of his three previous collections, together with twenty-five new poems which manage to be both spontaneous and inventive and at the same time formally-grounded, full of what another reviewer called “elegant intensity”.

‘These poems combine a tone that is intimate and urgent with a formal reticence and an absolute care and respect for language’. — Colm Tóibín, ‘Books of the Year’, The Irish Times

“Fanning’s poems… for all their quietude and hesitancy, their off-hand and often offbeat comments, their guarded privacies and sequestered emotions, sing with an elegant intensity” — Conor Kelly, Poetry Review

“The fluent and accomplished Gerard Fanning paces broad fields, an enigmatic surveyor with an appetite for the exotic cullivar” — Katherine Washburn, The Irish Times


ISBN 978 1 906614 386 paperback
216 x 140 mm, 101 pp
April 2011

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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614409 paperback
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 101 pp
  • Published: : April 2011

About The Author

Author

Gerard Fanning was born in Dublin in 1952. A graduate of University College Dublin, he has published three collections of poems with the Dedalus Press: Easter Snow (1992), Working for the Government (1999) and Water & Power (2004) as well as Hombre: New and Selected Poems (2011), with a preface by Gerald Dawe. Gerard Fanning has been the recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and of the Brendan Behan Award for poetry. REVIEW EXCERPTS "Fanning's poems... for all their quietude and hesitancy, their off-hand and often offbeat comments, their guarded privacies and sequestered emotions, sing with an elegant intensity" — Conor Kelly, Poetry Review "The fluent and accomplished Gerard Fanning paces broad fields, an enigmatic surveyor with an appetite for the exotic cullivar" — Katherine Washburn, The Irish Times

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